Police takedown of suspected East Side garage thieves

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      Vancouver police, including a canine unit and plainclothes members, arrested two suspects near Nanaimo and Hastings streets earlier today after receiving calls from residents about suspicious people looking at garages.

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      The suspects, a man and a woman on bicycles, were taken down and handcuffed in front of a garage next door to a residential construction site near the southeast corner of Ferndale Street and Garden Drive at approximately 10:40 a.m.

      Four police vehicles with at least six officers and one dog responded. Police spokesperson Sgt. Jason Robillard told the Georgia Straight by phone that the two people "were associated with a recent break-in in the area" earlier and that "plainclothes [officers] watched them do an alleged B&E in a nearby resident's garage".

      He also said the suspects fled the scene of the alleged break-in on bikes. "It's quite common for people doing these break-ins to use a bike so they can get away quickly."

      Robillard said that although a canine unit had been deployed, they had given up the search after not finding anyone. "They [the suspects] gave up; there was not a dog bite or injury," he said, adding: "They gave up after they were challenged by the officers on-scene...We can say they were arrested and they remain in custody."

      As for possible charges, Robillard said, "We're looking at charges for break-and-enter for both." He described those arrested as a Vancouver man in his 40s and a Vancouver woman in her 20s.

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